It’s official, Zayn Malik is leaving One Direction. The 22-year-old British heartthrob announced his decision to call it quits via the band’s official Facebook page on Wednesday afternoon. In a public statement, he says:
“My life with One Direction has been more than I could ever have imagined. But, after five years, I feel like it is now the right time for me to leave the band. I’d like to apologise to the fans if I’ve let anyone down, but I have to do what feels right in my heart. I am leaving because I want to be a normal 22-year-old who is able to relax and have some private time out of the spotlight. I know I have four friends for life in Louis, Liam, Harry and Niall. I know they will continue to be the best band in the world”
We totally respect Zayn’s decision but that doesn’t mean we’re not heartbroken. Directioners around the world can agree that this is tragic news. The rest of the band has taken to twitter to console their fans.
Louis Tomlinson promises better music and thanks Directioners for their support.
Irish cutie Niall Horan sends out similar tweets.
Harry Styles’ tweet is short and sweet.
And Liam Payne tries to cheer up his fans with an adorable throwback.
The boys mean well but only time can heal this wound. Just look at this face!
We now leave you with where it all started; his audition for “X-Factor:”